Product Spotlight -
Aeronaut's New SiliconEye
Aeronaut's state-of-the-art SiliconEye machine vision system is the
answer to interactive nesting, nesting into irregular shapes, pattern
matching, pattern recognition, image tracing and alignment with
SiliconEye consists of a digital SLR mounted over the cutting table
or a digitising station. The camera and lens are calibrated with
SiliconEye to remove any inherent distortion in the system so that
images are accurately represent what's on the table.
SiliconEye is fast, accurate, easy to use and very cost effective.
Because SiliconEye uses off-the-shelf digital SLR cameras and lenses,
the cost of the system is very much lower than image capture and pattern
recognition systems have been in the past. And SiliconEye is much, much
faster, cheaper and more accurate than digitising tablets.
Calibration of the lens and the overhead system are one-off jobs.
Once that's done, accurate images can be imported into the background of
a queue in a matter of seconds.
SiliconEye can radically improve production workflow on patterned
fabrics, digitally printed fabrics, packaging and display materials and
pre-printed board, leather hides, paper and card patterns or anywhere
you want to accurately and quickly align a pattern onto a piece of
material on the cutting table. Whether it's off a roll or a piece of
scrap fabric… SiliconEye lets you see where to cut it. In fact,
SiliconEye makes it so quick and easy to nest into irregular shaped
pieces of material that the reduction of waste can pay for the
SiliconEye system in no time at all.
But there's a lot more to SiliconEye than just putting a photograph
behind a nesting queue. SiliconEye has an incredibly rapid tracing
engine optimised for creating patterns ready for cutting. SiliconEye
recognises basic shapes such as circles, ovals, lines and notches and
creates patterns in seconds not hours.
SiliconEye is perfect for people who have lots of legacy patterns
which need digitising or who prefer to work with traditional paper, card
or plastic patterns when developing a product. Of course simple products
such from car mats to horse blankets can be just laid out on the cutting
table, digitised and cut right away.
Where SiliconEye is used for leather nesting, the faults can be
marked either on the hide or over the photograph in the queue. Tangent
lets you zoom into the queue to identify textures, grain and faults. The
opacity of patterns in a Tangent queue can be easily adjusted to allow
the background image to be visible through the pattern. This allows
simple and fast interactive fault, stripe and pattern checking.
Back in 2002, Aeronaut released the Silhouette software for use with
leather nesting and tracing patterns and hides. Silhouette offered users
the ability to trace patterns and hide outlines and export as DXF, ready
for importing into a nesting queue. While the system worked well, having
two pieces of software was not an ideal workflow. Having SiliconEye
integrated into Tangent and the ability to nest over photographs or a
traced image gives much more power for a lot less money. And the beauty
is that for once, you can see what you're doing.
When Silhouette was developed, the best SLRs were 5 megapixels and
cost upwards of $7,500. Right now, a 25 megapixel camera can be had for
under a quarter of that price and camera, interface and computer speed
has increased to the point where it's possible to take a picture and
import it into the background of a nesting queue in a few seconds.
Where we used to use digital LCD projectors over a vacuum table to
give real-time interactive nesting, it's now faster, easier and better
to import a high resolution picture into the nesting software and nest
patterns directly over the image. You can zoom right in to position
patterns accurately with far more detail than possible with an overhead
SiliconEye can automatically reposition patterns in the queue to
match the registration marks, or stretch or rescale the path to give the
best fit on the background image.
The Fox Company offers a wide variety of custom engineered
machines and solutions. We invite you to get in touch with us and
let us help you reach new levels of production and efficency.
Please call 800-438-0167 today.
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